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BOTANICAL HEIGHTS (formerly McRee Town)
Botanical Heights is the area bounded on the west by the East side of Vandeventer curving around to the eastern boundary of 39th Street, and south to Interstate 44 at Lafayette. Developed from 1880 to 1930 as a mixed use neighborhood, we continue to be home to many large distributing and manufacturing businesses, along with small businesses.

Botanical Heights is also typified by numerous brick multi-family structures, duplexes and single family homes. Many of these buildings deteriorated to the point of demolition and the lots have been converted to private ownership, playgrounds and greenspaces. The skilled tile and brickwork on many buildings encourages preservation, and interior floor plans are often ideal for conversion to 2-family townhouses and single family homes. As residents we appreciate our multi-cultural community, and its close proximity to bus lines, Metrolink and Interstate 44. Missouri Botanical Garden, Tower Grove Park, and Cardinal Glennon Hospital are all part of our community. Other amenities include quick and easy accessibility to Downtown St. Louis, St. Louis University and its hospital, and the cultural resources of Grand Center.

With the enthusiastic support and guidance from our Aldermen Joseph D. Roddy, 17th Ward and Stephen J. Conway, 8th Ward, the 3rd District Police and the Community Development Agency, there have been many visible and positive changes in our neighborhood that welcomes new residents and businesses.

Shaw's residents are a rich variety of people striving to appreciate each others differences. We are proud of our racially diverse, mixed-income neighborhood. New-comers from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and O'Fallon live together with long-time residents, young and old, differently abled, single, married, straight and gay.

Surrounded by parks and gardens, Shaw is the perfect neighborhood. Designated as an Historic District in 1985, it is bordered on the West by The Missouri Botanical Garden, on the south by Tower Grove Park, and on the East by the Compton Heights Water Tower. Bordering neighborhoods include Southwest Garden Neighborhood, McCree Town, Tiffany, Compton Heights, and Tower Grove East.

Southwest Garden is a large neighborhood just west of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The boundaries are Interstate-44 and Columbia Avenue on the North; Tower Grove Park, Connecticut and Scanlan Avenues on the South; Hampton Avenue on the west; and Tower Grove Avenue on the east. Southwest Garden is composed of several diverse sections that include large and gracious private homes, some of the City’s most architecturally significant apartment buildings, as well as tidy bungalows.

The Tiffany neighborhood was born in the late Victorian age, when streetcars came South along Grand Avenue and made for easy commuting to downtown offices and factories. Solid brick two-story homes, many of them two-family, give Tiffany its character. And while the rental units predominate, the settled homeowners like it for the nearby private grade and high schools, for the world class Missouri Botanical Garden just a five-minute bike ride to the West, the wonderful Tiffany Park, and immediate acess to Interstate 44 and to the rest of the Metro area. The multi-cultural homeowners of Tiffany constitute a vibrant and active force for revitalization, while the neighboring medical institutions give assurance that Tiffany is a vital and important partner in their long term future.

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